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Jan 13, 2015

German anti-Islamist rally swells after attacks in France

DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) – A record 25,000 anti-Islamist protesters marched through the east German city of Dresden on Monday, many holding banners with anti-immigrant slogans, and held a minute’s silence for the victims of last week’s attacks in France.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and other senior German politicians have called for people to stay away from rallies organised by PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West – people who Merkel has said have “hatred in their hearts”.

Jan 6, 2015

Germany, France take calculated risk with Grexit talk

BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) – Evoking a possible Greek exit from the euro zone, Germany and France are taking a coordinated and calculated risk in the hope of averting a leftist victory in Greece’s general election on Jan. 25.

The intention, according to Michael Huether, head of Germany’s IW economic institute, is to make clear that other euro area countries “can get on well without Greece, but Greece cannot get on without Europe”, and to warn that the left-wing Syriza party would bring disaster on the country.

Dec 3, 2014

Germany steps up CO2 cuts to meet 2020 climate goals

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s cabinet approved a new plan on Wednesday to slash CO2 emissions in order to meet its ambitious climate targets, but environmental groups criticised the government for not going further in reducing its reliance on coal-fired power plants.

The package, which includes an energy efficiency programme that could trigger billions of euros in investment, is essential if Germany is to hit its goal of a 40 percent drop in emissions by 2020 from 1990 levels. The broader EU is aiming to cut emissions by the same amount by 2030.

Dec 2, 2014

Germany targeting coal plants to reach 2020 climate goals

BERLIN, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Germany’s cabinet will on
Wednesday agree plans to cut CO2 emissions by up to 78 million
tonnes by 2020, pushing operators to shut some coal-fired
plants, to help Europe’s biggest economy meet ambitious targets
to fight climate change.

The package, which also includes an energy efficiency
programme, is essential if Chancellor Angel Merkel is to avoid
the embarrassment of missing her government’s goal of a 40
percent reduction in emissions by 2020, compared to 1990 levels.

Nov 27, 2014

German unemployment falls to record low in November

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s unemployment rate touched a record low of 6.6 percent in November, underscoring the huge gap in labour market conditions between Europe’s largest economy and its struggling euro zone partners.

The number of unemployed people decreased by a larger-than-expected 14,000 to 2.872 million, seasonally-adjusted data from the Federal Labour Office showed. The jobless total was the lowest in 23 years.

Nov 26, 2014

Far-left politician a new threat to Merkel?

BERLIN (Reuters) – A small eastern state is set to embark on an experiment that could shift the political landscape in Germany, loosening Angela Merkel’s grip on power and raising the chances of a future government in Berlin that includes fervent supporters of Russia.

Bodo Ramelow, a no-nonsense trade unionist who grew up in West Germany, is expected to become state premier of Thuringia on Dec. 5 in a coalition of his Left party, the environmentalist Greens and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), ending 24 years of conservative rule there.

Nov 20, 2014

U.N. Green Fund gets $9.3 bln in pledges at Berlin conference

BERLIN, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Donor nations pledged up to $9.3
billion on Thursday to a U.N. fund to help developing countries
tackle climate change, but environmental campaigners said the
funds fell short of what they want.

The U.N. Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a major part of a plan
agreed in 2009 whereby rich countries agreed to give $100
billion a year from both public and private sources from 2020 to
help developing nations reduce carbon emissions and adapt to a
changing global climate.

Nov 20, 2014

Green Climate Fund gets $9.3 billion in pledges at Berlin conference

BERLIN (Reuters) – Donor nations pledged a total $9.3 billion on Thursday to a U.N. fund to help developing countries tackle climate change, but environmental campaigners said the funds fell short of what is needed.

The U.N. Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a major part of a plan agreed in 2009 whereby rich countries agreed to mobilize $100 billion a year from both public and private sources from 2020 to help developing nations adapt to a changing global climate and reduce their own carbon emissions.

Nov 4, 2014

Train drivers’ strike to mar Germany’s Berlin Wall party

BERLIN, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Germany is set for days of
transport chaos after a train drivers’ union called a strike
from Wednesday over pay and negotiating rights, threatening to
disrupt this weekend’s celebrations of the 25th anniversary of
the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The GDL union announced a strike lasting more than four
days, the longest in the history of rail operator Deutsche Bahn
, a day after talks between the two sides broke down on
Monday.

Nov 4, 2014

Merkel says euro zone extremely fragile

BERLIN, Nov 4 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel
said on Tuesday the euro zone was extremely fragile and made
clear Europe’s biggest economy would not borrow more to invest,
resisting pressure from some of its partners to do more to boost
growth.

Much economic progress had been made in the euro zone since
the height of the bloc’s debt crisis, Merkel said, noting
Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Greece had completed or were close
to exiting their bailout programmes.

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